Eat Well for the Planet

Eat Well for the Planet

February 20, 2020

Food waste has serious impacts on the environment, including needless depletion of natural resources and production of greenhouse gasses as it decays. In the U.S., 40% of food gets discarded yearly, which amounts to 1,160 pounds by a family of four. To do your part to lessen food waste: Plan meals in advance. You’ll know …

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LEED Means Green

LEED Means Green

January 22, 2020

Green building encompasses using fewer resources, a reduction in energy and waste, and fewer environmental impacts. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building rating system that is the most widely used around the world. LEED was established in 1994 and operates under the nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders known …

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Green Tip – What’s New in Solar Energy

Green Tip – What’s New in Solar Energy

December 16, 2019

With the federal tax credit for installing solar panels decreasing at the end of 2019, many homeowners are trying to figure out if installing a solar power system for a home is worth it. Here are the top three items to consider:  Find a solar power system cost calculator online that can compare the expense …

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Green Tip – What if Colorado residents could reduce the cost of watering outdoor plants?

Green Tip – What if Colorado residents could reduce the cost of watering outdoor plants?

November 22, 2019

Depending on the average annual rainfall where you live, rainwater collecting for use around the home may be very beneficial. Let’s cover some of the benefits: Collecting rain is an alternative source of water and is a centuries-old practice Reduction in carbon footprint and is environmentally friendlyCost savings realizedConservation of water The DIY Rain Barrel System …

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Energy-efficient Windows

Energy-efficient Windows

October 10, 2019

A home’s windows serve many purposes, and one of the most important is the energy-efficiency they offer. Heating and cooling costs can go right out the window when you’re not paying attention. While replacing windows may offer the biggest improvement in efficiency, it’s not always feasible due to the high cost involved. Here are two …

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Reusing Building Materials

Reusing Building Materials

September 16, 2019

Giving building materials a second life not only helps the environment, but also can significantly cut down on costs. During demolition, a variety of materials can be salvaged and re-purposed. Some building materials that can easily be reused include (but are not limited to): Light fixtures Thermal insulation Timber Doors Windows Stairs Kitchen cabinets Plumbing …

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Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

August 15, 2019

Each type of kitchen countertop has its pluses and minuses; when looking for eco-friendly countertops, there are a wide variety of options and prices. What makes a countertop “green”? Green kitchen countertops are made through an environmentally friendly manufacturing process, use recycled or sustainable resources, and may be produced locally which reduces transportation. A countertop …

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Eco-friendly Flooring Guide

Eco-friendly Flooring Guide

July 16, 2019

Eco-friendly flooring options are affordable, stylish and durable. Here are the top six factors to consider when selecting eco-friendly flooring: Indoor pollution Maintenance Life cycleDistance to transport material to location it is being installedIs it renewable? Is it recyclable?How did harvesting the material affect the environment? Cork, bamboo, hardwood, natural stone and linoleum are among …

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Made in the Shade

Made in the Shade

June 17, 2019

Summer is here, and you may be thinking about ways to improve your yard or block out some of the light in your home on hot summer days. Here are two quick tips for shading your house from the sun: 1) Window Treatments: Placing shades, curtains or insulated films on windows all aid in reducing …

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Simple Ways to Profit from Spring Cleaning

Simple Ways to Profit from Spring Cleaning

May 21, 2019

With the weather finally beginning to warm up in many parts of the country, people are shifting into spring-cleaning mode. Before you roll up your sleeves and start tossing things, however, think about doing your spring cleaning in a way that can help generate some cash.             Following are a few ways to turn your …

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